2020 Chatham Candidates
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Republican Candidate



Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance, Entrepreneur and POTUS since 2017. Married in 2005 to Melania Trump from Novo Mesto, Slovenia who speaks 6 languages, who had a career in modeling when they met and is now a dedicated spouse, mother and exemplifies style and grace as the FLOTUS.

Trump follows no rule book and his message to “Make America Great Again”, “America First” and “Drain the Swamp” has resonated with the American people in unprecedented numbers and demographics. Campaigning in historically Democratic states and counties, Trump was elected President in November 2016 in the largest electoral college landslide for a Republican in 28 years.

The Trump presidency has forged prolifically thru non-stop political attacks from claims of collusion with Russia, character assignation, attempts to impeach, politically biased media spin, Covid-19 economic shift and race and police reform issues. Throughout all of these attempted derailments the Trump presidency has kept his promises to lower taxes (providing $415 billion in tax relief for small business owners), lower drug costs, allow right-to-try treatment for terminally ill patients, repeal and replace Obamacare tax penalty system, end stifling regulations and bring business back into America (which kicked off one of the greatest economies ever seen), protect our borders, keep jobs in our country, take care of our veterans, strengthen our military, renegotiate bad trade deals, address the environment (created the Save our Seas Act, among multiple others, which funds $10 million per year to clean tons of plastic & garbage from the ocean) and is creating a government of, by and for the people.


Thom Tillis

United States Senate

Senator Thom Tillis, married to Susan Tillis, is a husband, father of two, grandfather, and proud North Carolinian who was elected to the United States Senate in 2014.

Born to a financially and resource challenged working class family with 5 siblings and unable to afford college he went to night school and achieved his bachelor's degree in technology management from the The University of Maryland in 1996 all while fathering a family and as he rose from warehouse clerk to partner at IBM before he began his time in public service.

Tillis began his political career with a 2002 election to the town of Cornelius, North Carolina park board, in 2003 he began a two-year term as town commissioners and for the General Assembly in 2006. In May 2011, Governing magazine named Tillis one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch" on the basis of such perceived qualities as leadership, ambition, and political potential. The state house overseen by Tillis enacted a complete restructuring of the state's tax code, including a reduction of personal and business income taxes, elimination of the estate tax and a cap on the gas tax.

In January 2013, Tillis was unanimously reelected Speaker of the House by the Republican Caucus and where he remains today in the U.S. Senate since 2014 defending some of the biggest battles the U.S has ever faced. While liberal Democrats threaten our economy and freedoms with higher taxes and more government control, Senator Tillis is focused on pro-jobs policies that put North Carolinians back to work and empower them and their constitutional freedoms to prosper.

Robert Thomas

United States House of Representatives, District 4

Robert Thomas was born in Van Wert, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Ohio State University in 1983 and a J.D. with a focus on international law from Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University in 1988. His career experience includes working as an attorney and a residential real estate appraiser. He has resided in North Carolina for 25 years. His first job was as a machine operator, operating lathes, mills, and drill presses for ten years before he saved up enough money to go to college earning two degrees. He strives for personal growth, intelligence, compassion, diligence, good judgement, common sense, sociability, and curiosity.

He is passionate about the Constitution, America first, building the Wall, stopping the exploding numbers in Human Trafficking, the need to improve the Nation's Infrastructure and Healthcare System and attack the Opiate Addiction Epidemic. He would bring a strong focus on Education & Labor, Science & Technology, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Education improvement. He has a plan to settle the Undocumented Immigration Issue once the border is secured, with so many undocumented people here, many of whom have proven to be assets to their communities he would forge a path with documentation that will make them unafraid to report crime and become tax payers and lastly a Criminal Justice Reform providing former inmates with job training to decrease recidivism.

He endorses the motto that "America cannot continue to be great if its citizens do not learn about both their rights and responsibilities”. He is running for North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District on the November 3, 2020 ballot.

Representative Ted Budd

United States House of Representatives, District 13 

Raised in a family of small business owners, Ted Budd learned early that hard work, family and faith are the foundation to success. Ted grew up on a cattle and commercial chicken farm in Davie County where he still lives today with his wife and three kids. A graduate of Appalachian State University, Ted holds a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University, where he was recognized as Mentor of the Year, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Dallas Seminary. He has served in his family’s facility-services business, The Budd Group, and helped expand Green Resource (now part of John Deere Landscapes). He currently owns Pro-Shots, a thriving shooting-sports retail store, training center, and indoor range, employing many veterans and wounded warriors, earned the Triad Business Journal’s “Fast 50” as one of the region’s 50 fastest growing privately held companies.

In his first term, Ted took on Washington’s wasteful spending, alarming debt and wasteful entitlement programs. The Council for Citizens against Government Waste named Ted a “Taxpayer Super-Hero” voting to cut middle-class taxes and to deregulate small businesses who are strangled by big government. Ted will not waver in defense of the freedoms protected by the 2nd Amendment. He is committed to strengthening the family and recognizes the cultural battle we face to protect it. He is a member of the Home School Legal Defense Association and has served as a board member of North Carolinians for Home Education. He is also leading a bipartisan package to help families fight the Opioid Crisis.

On 6/9/2020 Ted received the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for recognition of leadership critical to advancing policies that support America’s free enterprise system. He is running for the 13th Congressional District on the November 3, 2020 ballot.

Dan Forest

Governor of North Carolina

Dan Forest grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and lives in Wake County with his wife, Alice and their 4 children. He is the founder and former president of the faith-based Triangle Leadership Forum and a regular volunteer at the Durham Rescue Mission. Prior to becoming 34th Lt. Governor of North Carolina, he received two degrees from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC). After college, Dan became a leader in the business community for over 20 years, having served as Office President and Senior Partner of the state's largest architectural firm - Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.

Upon winning his first term as lieutenant governor in 2012, Forest became the first Republican to be elected to that post in over 20 years and the second since 1900. In this position, he also serves as president of the state senate and is a voting member of the State Board of Education, the State Board of Community Colleges, the state Economic Development Board and he is the chairman of the eLearning Commission. Forest spearheaded an initiative to connect every classroom in North Carolina with high-speed internet, championed a bill to preserve free speech rights on public college campuses, the first bill of its kind in the United States.


In announcing his run, Forest denounced "socialism", highlighted his strongly anti-abortion views and also called for an expanded state-funded school voucher program for which all North Carolinians, irrespective of income or zip code, would be eligible. Forest suggested that the dangers of the Covid-19 virus to most Americans had been exaggerated regarding the economic and social shut-down, placing many into economic crisis, and has echoed “liberate the (business) protestors" stating "I think everything should be open" and calling for an immediate reopening of public places with non-binding guidance from state government. He is running for Governor in the November 3, 2020 general election.

Mark Robinson

Lt. Governor of North Carolina

Mark Robinson is a true American Patriot, born and raised in Greensboro where he resides today, he is a husband and grandfather, married for 30 years to his wife Yolanda a successful business-woman, they have a son, 28 and a daughter, 26. Mark grew up in an impoverished house as the 9th of 10 children, experiencing alcoholism and witnessing domestic abuse first-hand and placed into the Foster Care system Mark was able not only to survive, but thrive.

Mark served in the Army Reserves as a medical specialist, has worked in manufacturing and owned a successful small business who understands that less taxes and regulations means business owners can hire more employees and invest more into their communities. Robinson has been a fierce fighter, he has continued to stand for the 2nd Amendment, serving on the National Outreach board for the NRA. As a veteran, Mark is striving to make North Carolina the "Gold Standard" in veterans’ care to provide educational resources and programs for our military and assist them to build long lasting and successful careers. Mark stood up against the Greensboro City Council in a speech which has been seen over 150,000,000 times, since that speech, he has appeared on Fox and Friends, has been interviewed by Lara Trump, and traveled the state and nation spreading the conservative message.

Currently, our governor has used the Covid-19 virus to keep our state on lockdown over the will of the people, while our government dictates what job is essential, our businesses struggle, with some never to recover, and our unemployment rate skyrockets. Crime is up and health and economic conditions are deteriorating driving some to suicide. This one size fits all strategy is an utter failure, it picks winners and losers choosing to allow abortion clinics, ABC and Vape shops to remain open as “essential” status while closing churches and neglecting our First Amendment Rights. We are “all essential” but our Democratic governors focus has been adding partisan amendments to legislation. It is time to take a stand against the left in Raleigh and DC and respect our constitutional freedom to thrive in the work force.

As Lieutenant Governor, Mark will: Fight for the life of the unborn, End Indoctrination in schools, Defend the 2nd Amendment and Voter integrity, Make NC the Gold standard for Veterans Care, Stand-up for our Law Enforcement and Pursue our small business freedom’s and reopen our economy.

Jim O'Neill

Attorney General of North Carolina

Jim O’Neill is a dedicated husband, father and veteran prosecutor and is the North Carolina 31st Prosecutorial District Attorney. He assumed office in 2009, his current term ends in 2022. Jim lives in Winston-Salem with his wife, Dr. Oona O’Neill, and their three children.  He is the head coach for the men’s lacrosse team at RJR High School and serves on the board of Senior Services. He is running for election for Attorney general of North Carolina, he is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. A graduate of Duke University, Jim earned his law degree from New York Law School.  

Jim has served as the Forsyth County District Attorney since November 2009, focusing on prosecuting sex offenders and chronic criminal offenders.  He spearheaded a first-of-its-kind program to help those struggling with opioid addiction and started an Elder Abuse Task Force to protect seniors. His extensive career includes prosecution of some of the most serious and violent offenders in our community.  Before becoming District Attorney he held leadership roles within the department including serving as the county’s first dedicated domestic violence prosecutor.  

“As a member of the NRA, my beliefs are guided by the Second Amendment. I believe in a citizen's right to carry and if a Democratic General Assembly passed a law in conflict with the Constitution, it would be impossible for me to accept, I stand with the Constitution. As District Attorney, I have had the opportunity to work closely with many dedicated law enforcement officers who work hard to protect us and who are committed to treating all of our citizens fairly and equally. We recently honored four such officers here in Winston-Salem who retired with more than 100 years of combined service. I recognize and believe there is more we can do to help restore people’s faith and belief in our system of justice. I welcome and embrace common sense solutions to improve law enforcement as well as the criminal justice system and the communities they serve. However, the liberal Democratic plan to defund and abolish the police is a radical solution that I will never support. Without law and order, chaos and anarchy will take over our communities and destroy peace and economic prosperity for all of our citizens.”

Jim believes it’s time for an Attorney General with prosecutorial experience "I have prosecuted every case imaginable under the sun, and hands down, I’m the most battle-tested candidate in the race”. As North Carolina’s Attorney General, Jim will focus on clearing the decades-old backlog of untested rape kits, defending capital case murder convictions, combating the heroin and opioid crisis, and bringing a mission of safety, security and justice to the state of North Carolina. He is on the November 3, 2020 general election for Attorney General.

Anthony Wayne (Tony) Street

Auditor of North Carolina

Commissioner Steve Troxler

Commissioner of Agriculture of North Carolina

Steve Troxler, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, is seeking re-election to his fifth term. Troxler received his B.S. degree in Conservation from NC State University in 1974. Owner of Troxler Farms, a Browns Summit farming operation, he and Sharon, his wife of 47 years, have two married sons, five grandchildren and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Troxler was first elected to lead the Department of Agriculture in 2004, a Guilford County farmer, he took office in 2005. At that time the economic impact of agriculture and agri-business was $68.3 billion with 631,000 people employed in the industry. Today agriculture and agri-business is the number one industry in North Carolina at $91.8 billion produced annually from 728,000 employees. In the 2016 election he received more votes than any other candidate on the ballot. Troxler heads up the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the largest of any Council of State agency in terms of employment with a budget of $275 million annually.

This year the budget swelled to over $600 million as the Department administered a legislatively-budgeted disaster relief program for farm families and delivered more than $80 million in Department of Agriculture and Department of Defense funds. “I’m really proud that our legislature appropriated $240 million in disaster relief funds and we at the Department of Agriculture were quickly able to get this food in the hands of people who desperately needed it. In times of disaster our Department has responded to help the people of North Carolina over and over again,” he said.  Today the Department has 21 divisions with offices in 99 of the State’s counties, it employs about 2,000 full-time positions with that count growing by hundreds during seasonal part-time periods.

Commissioner Mike Causey

Commissioner of Insurance of North Carolina

Mike Causey is the North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshall and is running for re-election. He assumed office on January 1, 2017, his current term ends on January 1, 2021. Mike is a native of Guilford County where he still lives with his wife Hisae on the farm where he grew up. He studied at Wake Tech, UNC-Charlotte and High Point University where he graduated with degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and his MBA. He is a former insurance agency owner with 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. He has worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation as the Adopt-a-Highway coordinator since 2013. He is also a military veteran and understands the laws.


Causey believes more competition in North Carolina’s insurance industry will provide lower rates for consumers and greater access to better products. He is implementing needed reforms by cutting red tape, increasing transparency, and reversing years of consumer frustration over insurance claims. North Carolina is the only remaining state with a Rate Bureau, Causey is helping reform an antiquated bureaucracy that kills free enterprise and rewards bad drivers at the expense of good drivers.

Mike has fought for North Carolina policyholders and consumers by opposing rate hikes on homeowner’s insurance and car insurance. He has cracked down on insurance fraud saving policyholders and arresting more than 1,000 people who were gaming the system. He has opposed efforts to impose more government mandates and control over your healthcare insurance and supported efforts to pass Association Health Plans, which makes healthcare coverage more affordable and provides real competition in the marketplace. Mike has worked with the state legislature to double the number of fraud and abuse investigators in the Department of Insurance. Criminals are now being investigated and prosecuted for gaming the system, criminals must be held accountable, so there is a fair playing field for the hard-working men and women of North Carolina.

Prior to Causey taking office, hundreds of local Fire Departments that had not seen an official inspector, some as long as 25 years, Commissioner Causey went to the state legislature and requested additional fire department inspectors. Over the past three years, a backlog of more than 500 department inspections has been cleared making sure they have up-to-date inspections and certifications. The safety ratings of fire departments directly impact the amount you pay for your homeowner’s insurance. The Department of Insurance’s focus on improving safety ratings of fire departments led to real savings in many communities across North Carolina.

Josh Dobson

Commissioner of Labor of North Carolina

Representative Josh Dobson has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives for four terms, representing the people of Avery, McDowell and Mitchell counties. Josh resides with his wife of 17 years, Valerie, and daughter, Kennedy, in Nebo, North Carolina. They attend Fairview Freewill Baptist Church. Josh received his associate’s degree from McDowell Tech Community College, his bachelor’s degree from Gardner Webb, and his Masters of Public Administration from Appalachian State University.

Prior to his appointment to the House in 2013, Josh served as a McDowell County Commissioner and is currently serving as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, as well Chairman of the Health Policy Committee. During the 2017-2018 legislative interim, Josh served as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aging, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Student Health for the Select Committee on Safer Schools. Josh Dobson has introduced 120 Bills from 2019 thru 2020 which can be viewed at nucleg.gov. An example of the bills he has proposed are; to restore Masters pay for teachers, funds for food banks, education in prisons, reduce barriers to NC health and safety, veterans pilot health care program, expand prescription assistance funds, dental services medicaid transformation among many other vital needs for the North Carolina people.

Josh is now seeking The North Carolina Department of Labor which is charged with promoting the “health, safety and general well-being” of the state’s more than 3 million working people. “The Labor Commissioners’ office has oversight responsibilities for agricultural safety and health, amusement devices, boiler and pressure vessel safety, elevators, mine and quarries, retaliatory discrimination laws and wage and hour laws,” said Dobson, “Commissioner Berry has set the bar high over the last 20 years and I look forward to continuing the same high-level of professionalism, fairness and efficiency in the Department of Labor.”

EC Sykes

Secretary of State of North Carolina

E.C. Sykes is a husband, father and leader. He and Susan, his wife of 33 years, have two children, Matthew and Carolyn, and three grandchildren and have been foster parents. His education includes Bachelor of Science SE from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1985 and a Masters in Management from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 2001. He has worked at Aslan Ventures as Founder and General Partner, 4 years, Flextronics, Group President, Named Executive Officer, 13 years, Circuit Board Assemblies, CEO, 4 years and Black Box, CEO, 2 years. His affiliations are; Save the Storks, Advisor, PRC Mentor, Ted Cruz for President Campaign, Exec. Director of Faith & Religious Liberty, NCSU Electrical Eng. Dept., Hall of Fame member, Board Advisor, Lecturer, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Deacon, Teacher, First Liberty, Donor, Council for National Policy, Member, Alliance Defending Freedom, Donor and Methodist Home, Foster Parents.


As Secretary of State, my first objective is to address the voter integrity issue by eliminating illegal aliens as notaries. I will advocate for businesses in the legislative process by advising and supporting legislation to remove regulations on business and make the necessary administrative processes more business friendly. I will prioritize support for legislation that provides stronger protections on religious liberty. As a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I do recognize that we have an issue in the U.S. and in North Carolina when it comes to gun violence. However, I believe this is an issue driven by a mental health crisis, not by access to firearms. Based on the evidence from countries and cities that have restricted access to firearms, I do not believe that limited access will end the homicide problem in the U.S.


I consider myself a conservative outsider who can help hard-working families by bringing transparency and efficiency to our state government. I believe in commonsense policies like honoring the rule of law, cutting waste, limiting the size of government, and making it easier and less expensive to do business in North Carolina. I believe I can remove barriers to economic growth, foster job creation, and improve the business environment. As a native North Carolinian, I also believe I have the ability to appeal to a diverse mix of voters and represent the North Carolina values that we all share.

Catherine Truitt

Supt. of Public Instruction of North Carolina

Catherine and her husband, Jeff, reside in Cary, they are the proud parents of Susie, Chorley and Charles, all of whom attend Wake County Public Schools. The Truitts are active members of Crosspointe Church. Jeff, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, is a Captain in the United States Navy and has served on active duty for 14 years and in the reserves since 2008. Catherine is a 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Washington in 1997. Truitt serves on the board of directors of TLC, which was founded as the Tammy Lynn Center, and the North Carolina board of directors for the Nurse-Family Partnership.

Truitt presently serves as Chancellor of non-profit Western Governors University North Carolina (WGU NC). As Chancellor, she focuses on increasing access to higher education for the 1.5 million North Carolinians with some college but no degree. Truitt and WGU NC collaborate with community colleges, hospitals, school districts, local workforce boards and IT centers to ensure that state workforce demand’s and employer education needs are being met.

Truitt spent 10 years as an English teacher teaching the high school and middle school levels. She was also nominated twice for the prestigious "Teacher of the Year" award. Her last three years as a teacher were spent at West Johnston High School, where she taught English to 11th and 12th grade students, while there she created a new Media Literacy elective, a 21st Century Skills course. Truitt worked with the International Center for Leadership in Education working with underperforming school districts as a School Turnaround Coach. She also served as a mentor for teachers in Kindergarten through 12th Grade, helping them develop strategies to keep students engaged and learning.


Governor Pat McCrory appointed Truitt to serve as his Senior Advisor on Education in 2015. In this capacity, she was tasked with developing strategic state education policy goals for ages 0-20. Governor McCrory awarded Truitt the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor that may be awarded by a governor of North Carolina. With the goal of bringing North Carolina to the highest educational standards Catherine Truitt is now pursuing the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on the November 3, 2020 general election.

Treasurer Dale Folwell

Treasurer of North Carolina

Dale Folwell grew up poor, worked his way through college and is now a private investor, investment advisor and financial advisor. He and his wife, Synthia, have two children. In May 1999, Folwell's 7-year-old son Dalton died after being hit by a car as he tried to board a school bus. Following the accident, he and his wife allowed their son to be an organ donor. Folwell has been an advocate for organ donation. In 2006, he set out on a month-long motorcycle ride around the United States raising awareness and money for organ and blood donation. He set the record for the most miles driven on a motorcycle in one month on October 1, 2006 with 32,978 miles.

Folwell has his bachelor’s, C.P.A., 1984 and his Masters in Accounting from UNC Greensboro, 1986. He is a former Vice President and Registered Investment Advisor for 13 years at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank/Alex Brown & Sons. A graduate from the NC Institute of Political Leadership in 1989, he served on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board of Education from 1993 to 2000. Folwell is a former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He represented District 74 from 2005-2013 and served as Speaker Pro Tempore.

In 2013, Folwell was named head of the state's Division of Employment Security in the administration of Governor Pat McCrory. He is the current North Carolina Treasurer, since January 1, 2017, serving four terms. He authored 29 bills that became law. His current term ends on January 1, 2021, he is running for re-election on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. Folwell has a track record for finding efficiencies and saving money as a lawmaker and head of the state’s Division of Employment Security. He conceived the “tax-and-tag” process that melded auto tax payments and registration renewal, saving $200 million a year.

The state treasurer is responsible for North Carolina’s $90 billion pension, roughly the 25th biggest in the world and also oversees the state health plan, which covers more than 700,000 current and former teachers and state employees. With both underfunded, the next treasurer faces a big job. Democrat Janet Cowell did not seek reelection. Dale Folwell is on the November 3, 2020 general election for Treasurer.

Tom Glendinning

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Pittsboro, NC 27312

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North Carolina State Senate 23

Tom Glendinning is a candidate for State Senate, District 23. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina in Languages and was a member of the Honor Society. He has taken post grad courses and business and management courses.

Tom has 50 years experience in trade, including as a contractor and in property management and real estate development. He was the President of Glencliff Hospital, Green Glen Ltd, and Wastek. He’s the founder of NC Landscape Contractors Association and has served on many professional committees.

Tom served in the US Marine Corps, and the Fleet Marine Force Atlantic. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kiwanis, and a Church Vestry warden.

George T. Gilson Jr.


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North Carolina State House 54

George Gilson, Jr. is a candidate for NC House 54. George is the southeast sales manager for BMI. He has a BA from Northern Illinois University with a focus on corporate communications. He was also a NCAA collegiate football player for Temple University. His website is: GilsonJrfor54.com.

George and his wife and 4 children moved to NC and Chatham from Iowa in 2018. George chose to live in Chatham County because of the rural feel, low taxes, and good quality of life and lives in Briar Chapel. He is a member of the Pittsboro United Methodist Church.

George served as a conservative Alderman in Illinois for the United City of Yorkville and is a staunch conservative.

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Jay Stobbs


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908 Driftwood Dr

Siler City NC 27344

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Chatham County Commissioner District 1

Jay is a graduate of West Point and was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers. He’s an Eagle Scout and Airborne Ranger and retired after 30 years in the Army. While assigned to the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, Jay managed our nuclear weapons stockpile.

He managed over $2 billion of projects helping the Russians remove and dismantle their nuclear weapons in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and BeloRussia.

Jay worked for 6 years at Northrup Grumman as a nuclear weapons effects specialist.

He and his wife, MJ, moved to Chatham County in 2005.

Jimmy Pharr


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385 May Farm Rd

Pittsboro NC 27312

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Chatham County Commissioner District 2

Jimmy Pharr is a candidate for Chatham County Commissioner, District 2. He is a 30 year Chatham resident, his parents and grandparents were born in NC. His wife, Ida Durham Pharr was born in Chatham (Bynum). They have three children and grandchildren.

Jimmy has two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina, Physical Education Administration and Recreation Administration. His Masters of Divinity and Christian Education is from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and he has a Broker in Charge license.

Jimmy is a Bible Professor of Old and New Testament at Central Carolina Community College, Lee and Chatham campuses. He served in the US Air Force. His three businesses are Collector’s Corner, Jimmy Pharr’s Mobile DJ Service and Pharr Properties.

He is an Eagle Scout, as is his son Trey.

Commissioner Andy Wilkie


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Chatham County Commissioner District 5

Andy is an incumbent Chatham County commissioner for District 5. He was born, raised, and has lived in Chatham County his entire life. Andy graduated from high school during the Vietnam War and joined the Army Reserves, serving as a paratrooper and parachute packing instructor at Fort Bragg. He started college part time while in the Army and graduated from Appalachian State University.

Andy owned and operated a store in Sanford for 34 years. After retirement he has maintained the family farm in Goldston. He’s the father of one daughter and has one grandson.

Andy was appointed to replace Walter Petty who resigned from the Board of Commissioners in May 2019.

Ryan Armstrong


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Chatham County School Board 1 (nonpartisan)

Dennis R. Lewis


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Chatham County School Board 2 (nonpartisan)

I’m Denny Lewis, and I’m running for the Board of Education.  I am a seven-year resident of Chatham County and proud of our community.  I want to contribute to its growth and success, and I believe that our children’s schooling is one of the most important responsibilities of our county government.  


I’m a career soldier, a businessman, and a parent.  I grew up in West Virginia, graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Engineering, and later attended Purdue University earning a MS in Industrial Relations.  I spent 11 of my 28-year Army career at Fort Bragg.  After completing my military career in the Pentagon running a division of the Army’s Legislative Liaison Office, I continued to work in the DC area for defense contractors for 13 years.  In 2013, my wife and I moved to Chatham County where I work as the director of the NC Defense Technology Transition Office, and as the defense industry consultant for the Economic Development Partnership of NC.  Our 3 children attended elementary, middle, and high schools in North Carolina and in other states and overseas. Our children have all graduated from the UNC system (UNC-CH, NCSU, ECU) and have all gone on to earn advanced degrees. Our 2 daughters live and work in the Triangle.  Our son is an Air Force pilot currently stationed in Oklahoma.


From a parent and professional perspective, I’ve seen a lot of good and bad in school systems and sometimes felt unable to affect positive change.  As a commander of West Point cadets I was responsible for their overall ethical, leadership, and character development.  I worked with hundreds of recent high school graduates with varied levels of academic proficiency.  I witnessed how a poor grasp of fundamentals and study skills quickly diminished one’s confidence, interest, and ability to learn and progress. These are the perspectives I bring to the Board of Education with the intent of enhancing our county education system’s safety, effectiveness, and efficiency with a clear focus on academic fundamentals, creativity, teaching children “how” to think not  “what” to think, and educating not indoctrinating.


My input and decisions will be tempered by the following beliefs:

  • Education is a non-partisan issue:  do what’s right for the students.
  • The safety, health, and welfare of our students and teachers are non-negotiable.
  • People are responsible and accountable for their actions.
  • Respect is imperative, even among those who disagree.
  • Alternative education models merit consideration.
  • Trades and S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) create value.
  • Patriotism and good citizenship must be taught.
  • Freedom of prayer fosters an inclusive & considerate environment.
  • Diversity of talent and perspectives engenders trust and yields better solutions.

I would be honored to be your voice on the Chatham County Board of Education. I will work tirelessly advocating for the educational needs of our children. I’m Denny Lewis, and I’m very grateful for your support.  

*indicates incumbent

Judicial Candidates

Republican Candidate


Justice Paul Newby

North Carolina Supreme Court Seat 1

Paul Martin Newby was born in Asheboro, North Carolina in 1955 to Samuel O. and Ruth Parks Newby. He was raised in Jamestown where he graduated from Ragsdale High School. He has been married to Macon Tucker Newby since 1983, they reside in Raleigh, North Carolina and have four wonderful children, a beloved Golden Retriever, Sadie, plus two cats, Cleo-Catra and Ike. He and his family attend Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh where he is an Elder and Sunday School teacher. Justice Newby is an Eagle Scout and serves as a board member of the Occoneechee Council. He is the recipient of the Heroism Award for rescuing nine people from a riptide and of the God and Service Award. In 2010, Justice Newby was named Scouter of the Year for his coordinating of Scouting’s statewide Report to the State, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, Justice Newby was designated a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a national honor that recognizes both his service to the Boy Scouts and his dedication to public service.

Newby received his B.A. in public policy studies from Duke University and his J.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Newby began his law practice with Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis. He has also served as the vice president and general counsel of Cannon Mills Realty and Development Corporation.

In 1985, Newby was appointed as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, where he served until his election to the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2004, he is the senior member of the court. Judge Newby has participated in deciding many cases and has written more than three hundred opinions. Justice Newby is also an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law teaching continuing legal education courses to attorneys. He travels across the State educating students, scouts, civic and business leaders, and others about our history and the role of government in our lives.

"My Judicial Philosophy has been the same for the past 16 years. I believe in the rule of law, everyone should be treated the same, with predictability and consistency. Lady Justice is blind folded for a reason.” Justice Paul Martin Newby is on the November 3, 2020 ballot for re-election.

Phil Berger Jr.

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Phil Berger Jr was born in Danville, Virginia to Philip and Pat Berger. Phil Berger, Jr. is the son of one of the most powerful lawmakers in the state, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-D30). Phil is married to Jodie Church, a public-school teacher, they have two children, Philip III and Will. Phil graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 1994 with a B.A. in History and earned his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1999. Phil began his legal career in private practice in 1999. From 2001 through 2006, he joined his father and brother, Kevin, forming The Berger Law Firm. Phil has a passion for helping young people and is active in his community. He serves as an assistant coach with the football and baseball teams at Cedar Ridge High School and has also coached youth football with the Durham Firebirds and Greensboro Eagles. Phil was the founder and chair of Eden Youth Football, and he served as a board member and basketball coach with Bethany Community Middle School.

In 2006, Phil was elected District Attorney in the 17A Prosecutorial District and was re-elected in 2010. In 2013-14, he served as President of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys. In 2013, Phil represented the National District Attorney's Association in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a Non-Governmental Observer to the United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, et al hearings. From 2015-2016, Phil served as an Administrative Law Judge with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings. In 2016, Phil was elected to the Court of Appeals. While serving as District Attorney, Phil was the chair of Project SAFE Rockingham County. A collaboration with the US Attorney's Office and local law enforcement, Project SAFE implemented the 'focused-deterrence' model for reducing violent crime among recidivists and gang members. Phil has also served as an Advisory Board Member for the Rockingham County Business and Technology Center, President of the Eden Kiwanis Club, and Board member for the Eden Chamber of Commerce.

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Phil Berger, Jr., announced that he would like to run for a seat on North Carolina Supreme Court in 2020. "During my time on the Court of Appeals, I have emphasized accountability, adherence to the rule of law, and common-sense solutions to complex legal issues. Importantly, I understand that every decision we make in the courtroom has real economic consequences for individuals, businesses, and communities. We need a conservative justice on the Supreme Court who is dedicated to the Constitution and the people of this State."

Tamara Barringer

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Tamara Barringer is a wife, mother, educator, lawyer, small business owner, a UNC-Chapel Hill business

professor and a former Republican State Senator from Cary. Her husband Brent Barringer is also a prominent business attorney and served on the UNC Board of Governors from 2003 to 2012. When she served in the state Senate, she was an attorney with Barringer Law Firm, LLP. Barringer earned her B.S. and J.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Barringer was a member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 17, she assumed office in 2013. She left office on December 31, 2018.


Tamara Barringer is running for election for Seat 4, Judge of the North Carolina Supreme Court. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. The Republican primary for this office on March 3, 2020 was canceled. From teaching courses in ethics, to protecting at-risk children and fighting for better schools, her wide range of experience has given her the skills needed to make a real difference for working families in the North Carolina Senate. Tamara is backed by the National Federation of Independent Business and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce because they all know that they can count on Tamara to make decisions that create jobs and allow businesses the opportunity to grow. Tamara recognizes that our strength as a state comes from the effort of dedicated citizens, not the government.


“All of you know my love for the law and the importance of maintaining a strict Constitutional interpretation of the laws passed by the General Assembly. It is imperative that we have justices who refrain from legislating from the bench.”

April Wood

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Judge Wood is married to attorney Jeffrey Berg and mother to three children, Alexis, Alexander and Anthony. They attend the Rich Fork Baptist Church. The only daughter of Dan Wood and Tara Holt Wood, she grew up in various places around the world, including Adak, Alaska and Okinawa, Japan while her father served in the United States Marine Corps. Judge Wood's father retired from the Marine Corps after twenty-three years of service and moved to Lexington. Her father became a Davidson County Deputy Sheriff and after retirement continues to work part-time as a bailiff, often in Judge Wood's courtroom. Judge Wood is a dedicated supporter of the NC Memorial Day Committee, Cancer Services of Davidson County, The Dragonfly House Children's Advocacy Center in Mocksville  and the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). She is on the Board of Cancer Services of Davidson County, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Epilepsy of North Carolina Board, the North Carolina Memorial Day and Celebration Committee, and the National Theological College and Graduate School Board of Trustees.  


Judge April C. Wood was elected to the District 22B District Court Bench in 2002, has won five successful campaigns for election serving Davie and Davidson County for the past sixteen years and until the judicial district was split, Iredell and Alexander counties. She is a certified Juvenile Court Judge and presides over court for District Criminal and District Civil courtrooms. In 1991, Judge Wood graduated as Salutatorian from Sheets Memorial Christian School. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College Summa Cum Laude receiving her Bachelor of Art in Prelaw in 1994. Judge Wood received her J.D. from Regent University School of Law in 1997, passed the North Carolina Bar in September 1997. In 2001, she completed the Dispute Resolution Program and became a certified Family Financial Mediator.


She is working on a Master of Law degree in the joint program at Campbell School of Law and England’s Nottingham School of Law. Since 2002, she has presided over domestic violence cases, juvenile cases involving the Department of Social Services, juvenile delinquency cases, child custody and support cases, equitable distribution of marital property cases, criminal cases, traffic matters, involuntary commitments, and other civil law disputes. Judge Wood has handled complicated and high value cases involving businesses and high conflict cases involving children and families. She is a Constitutional Conservative and believes: “that everyone should be treated fairly, equally and that no one is above the law, regardless of race, religion, social status, professional status or any other status. A Judge is to follow the law as it is written and that Judicial activism should be avoided at all times, stating that Judges aren’t legislators, Judges are to interpret and apply the law as written, their job is not to make or rewrite the laws.”

District Court is the court with exclusive jurisdiction over all family law and juvenile matters, the decisions made in those courts can have long lasting effects on children and families.


She is seeking a seat on the Court of Appeals on the November 3, 2020 general election because, “Judges with experience in the District Courts are crucial assets missing from the Court of Appeals. I desire to bring my more than 16 years of knowledge and experience as a District Court Judge to the Court of Appeals to serve all of the citizens of North Carolina.”

W. Fred Gore

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Judge W. Fred Gore, his wife Shannon, and twin sons calls Whiteville, NC home. He is a member of Big Macedonia Baptist Church, on the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Homes of NC and also serves on the Executive Board of the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America. Judge Gore has been able to complete specialized training in order to become a Certified Juvenile Court Judge. He is also continuing his 27th year of service in the NC National Guard, the last 11 as a Major in the JAG Corp. Fred grew up in Southeastern NC and, after high school, joined the North Carolina National Guard as an infantry soldier. He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia before beginning college at UNC Charlotte, where he graduated with a B.S.B.A. in marketing. After graduation, Fred worked for several years using his marketing skills with notable companies, such as Nike and Summit Marketing. Continuing his education, he attended Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, and graduated with his Juris Doctorate degree.

Fred completed over 300 hours of community service and was selected to the Who’s Who of American Law Students in 2003 and 2004. After completing law school, his National Guard unit was mobilized to Iraq from 2006 to 2007. While serving as one of the Non-Commissioned Officers in Charge, he completed Sniper Small Kill Team training and earned the Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals. Returning home to North Carolina, Fred moved to Durham, where he joined the Durham County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Later that same year, Fred became a commissioned JAG Officer in the North Carolina National Guard. Fred moved to his home district of Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus Counties in 2011, where he joined the District Attorney’s Office. Shortly after he was again mobilized to serve his country in Kuwait. He served as the Chief Prosecutor and Officer in Charge for his Brigade’s Legal Team and supervised two JAG attorneys and seven paralegals while deployed. Fred’s dedicated service during this deployment earned him the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal and the Commander’s Coin for Performance. After returning home in 2012, he resumed his position with the District Attorney’s office. In 2014, while serving as a prosecutor, Fred filed and ran for the District Court Bench. In November of 2014, he was elected to serve Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus Counties as an officeholder of the North Carolina 13th Judicial District.

A local, homegrown leader, Judge Fred Gore exemplifies fairness and selfless service as a District Court Judge and as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the North Carolina National Guard. From his simple beginnings in Supply, North Carolina, to his multiple military deployments to the Middle East, Judge Gore’s character is a reflection of small-town Christian values and his military expertise. During highly stressful conditions, these qualities reflect the genuine nature of a man who values faith, integrity, and professionalism. He is running for election for Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals 5 on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Chris Dillon

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Judge Chris Dillon is married to his wife of 25 yrs, Ann, a special education teacher and also the youngest of five children. They are the parents of five children:  Sally, Matt, Anna, Molly and Sam. Chris Dillon was born and raised in Raleigh, the youngest of C.A. and Mildred Dillon’s five children. He attended public schools throughout his childhood, graduating from Needham Broughton High School. Judge Dillon is a “double Tar Heel,” having earned his B.S. in Business Administration and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following law school, Judge Dillon practiced law at Young Moore Henderson in Raleigh, focusing on administrative, business and real estate law. Judge Dillon has been licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission as a broker for over twenty years and has worked as a commercial real estate broker where he created and managed a number of investment real estate entities. Judge Dillon has taught youth Sunday School at Edenton Street United Methodist Church since 1990.


In 2006, Judge Dillon helped start a community bank where he served as a Senior Vice President. In 2011, he returned to private practice, representing a number of small business owners, professionals and a state occupational licensing board. In 2012, Judge Dillon was elected to an eight-year term on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  Judge Dillon has been an adjunct professor, teaching real estate focused courses at both UNC School of Law and Campbell School of Law.  In 2018, Judge Dillon was awarded his LLM degree from the Duke University School of Law in the field of Judicial Studies. Throughout his career, Judge Dillon has served on a number of civic boards and committees, including DHIC, Inc. (formerly Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation), the North Carolina Bar Association and the Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.


​The Court of Appeals is comprised of 15 judges, all elected statewide, and is the State’s second highest court. The Court is not where cases are tried, but where cases that have been tried are appealed. It’s role is not to retry the case or second-guess the decision of the jury, but rather to determine that the trial was fair and if not, to grant a new trial. A vast majority of the State’s appeals are resolved in this Court with very few reaching the State’s Supreme Court.

"I believe that my role as a judge is to apply the law in a fair way, to let the law lead me to a decision rather than trying to justify an outcome that I might personally prefer. Also, a judge must remember that (s)he is a servant and that the cases before our Court involve real people with real issues. I understand that those who find themselves in court are facing an unfamiliar situation that may result in a decision that will have impact on their lives."


Judge Dillon assumed office on November 6, 2012, his current term ends on December 31, 2020. He is running for re-election for Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Jeff Carpenter

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Judge Jeff Carpenter attended Anson County Public Schools and graduated from Anson Senior high School in 1990. Judge Carpenter attended Wingate College (now Wingate University) before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to complete his undergraduate education, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science.

Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Judge Carpenter was accepted into the 93rd Basic Training School for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Judge Carpenter began Highway Patrol Training School on September 3, 1994. Upon reporting to the Highway Patrol Training Academy, Judge Carpenter met the former Love Medford of Indian Trail, NC who had also been accepted into the 93rd Basic Training School. They successfully completed and graduated from the Highway Patrol Training School and were stationed in Richmond County. As Troopers, Jeff and Love, after working together for more than a year, were engaged to be married.

Jeff Carpenter served the State of North Carolina on the State Highway Patrol for 6 years. Jeff left to the NC State Highway Patrol to further his education by attending law school at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Upon graduating from the Campbell University School of Law in Buies Creek, NC, Jeff Carpenter began practicing law in Judicial District 20 that consisted of Anson, Richmond, Stanly and Union Counties at the time. As a practicing attorney, Carpenter gained a wealth of high-level civil and criminal trial experience, having tried jury cases to verdict in the civil and criminal trial Courts of Anson, Richmond, Stanly and Union counties. Judge Carpenter also served as an attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem program for many years representing neglected and abused children.

Judge Jeff Carpenter is a Resident Superior Court Judge for Union County, North Carolina, Judicial District 20-B. Judge Carpenter has held Court in approximately 30 of the 100 counties in North Carolina since taking office as Superior Court Judge. Judge Carpenter presides over the Criminal and Civil Superior Courts of Union County and also holds Court in other counties within the Third Superior Court Division on rotation. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Superior Court bench in Union County by Governor Pat McCrory in 2016.

Judge Carpenter was elected to serve an 8-year term as resident Superior Court Judge for Union County in November of 2016. Judge Carpenter is running for the North Carolina Court of Appeals in the November 3, 2020 election.

Jefferson Griffin

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Judge Griffin was born and raised on a farm in Red Oak, NC in Nash County. He graduated from Northern Nash High School where he was captain of the football team and served as Volunteer Football Coach from 2015-2016 at Enloe High School. Jefferson and his wife, Katye Jobe Griffin, are members at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, he is co-partner of Step-Up Ministry begun in 2014 to present. Judge Griffin is an avid hunter, fisherman and lover of the outdoors. After graduating from UNC, Griffin earned his United States Coast Guard Captain’s license and worked as a charter fisherman on the North Carolina coast. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club and the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association. Jefferson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 with a Bachelors of Arts in American History and Political Science.


In 2008, Judge Griffin graduated from North Carolina Central School of Law. He began practicing law in Kinston, NC focusing in civil litigation and criminal defense litigation. In 2010, Judge Griffin joined the Wake County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted cases from infractions to first degree murder over a five-year period. In 2015, Jefferson was appointed by Governor McCrory to be a District Court Judge in Wake County. He handles civil and criminal cases from all over Wake County in his current role. Judge Griffin was elected to a four-year term in the 2016 general election in Wake County. Judge Griffin also serves as a Captain in the North Carolina Army National Guard as a JAG Officer. He is assigned to the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, known as “Old Hickory”.


Jefferson Griffin is a judge of the North Carolina 10th Judicial District, he assumed office in 2015. His current term ends on December 31, 2020. Judge Griffin is running for election for judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. The Republican primary for this office on March 3, 2020 was canceled.

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